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Who Was The Man Many Call The Greatest Roadracer Ever?

Mike Hailwood: A Remembrance

http://www.superbikeplanet.com/mikehailwood.htm

My favorite story:

"Back in those days, suspension was just a word," says Nobby Clark.

Prior to the 1966 season the most infamous Hailwood story occurred. Late in the pre-season at a Honda test at Suzuka, Hailwood was unhappy with the Honda-manufactured rear suspension on the six cylinder 250. After trying for hours to get the suspension to work, he politely asked the Japanese engineers to remove the shocks from the machine. When they did so, he picked them up, walked over and tossed them in the Suzuka pond. He then brought out a pair of English Girling shocks he had used on the previously and told the engineers to install them. Old man Honda nearly had a heart attack when he heard what Hailwood had done.

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